University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS)

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About Us

The University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS) is the University of Maryland's chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). UMANS members must be NSNA members and participate in UMANS events and fundraising to attend the NSNA annual convention.



Kimether Redmon, President (fourth semester)

Hello! I spent half of my childhood in Brooklyn, NY and the other half in Willingboro, NJ. Before attending UMSON, I earned my Bachelor's of Science and Master's in Public Health from Temple University and Emory University respectively and have ten years of experience as a Research Analyst and Project Manager. I always knew I wanted to one day learn about the clinical side of healthcare delivery so that I could combine my research background with hands-on care. I finally took the leap and enrolled in nursing school and I absolutely love it! I am in my third semester of the BSN program. I plan to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and devote my life to empowering people to embrace research and use it as a tool for improving their health and healthcare delivery.  In addition to serving on the UMANS board, I am also working on becoming a certified Childbirth Educator. Participating in UMANS has been a great way to connect with other nursing students while also helping to provide events and services that helps each student have the most enriching academic experience possible.


Niya Ross, President-elect
Hello Everyone! My name is Niya Ross and I am a second semester nursing student here at Shady Grove. This is my first degree and I cannot wait to become a future nurse! My hobbies include reading, journaling, and hanging out with my friends and family. Eventually, I want to become a traveling or global health nurse. I love going to new places and surrounding myself with good people.


Adrian Wiley, Vice President  
I am a fourth semester nursing student at the Shady Grove campus. Currently I am dual enrolled in nursing school as well as in aesthetics (skin care) program to ultimately become a Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology. Unfortunately, at the present time, NP Dermatology programs do not exist in Maryland. However, I have planned to complete a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program as women comprise a large portion of my interested work field. Aside from my career, I am a wife and the mother. My children are 4-years-old and 2, which are fraternal twins (girl/boy). I am a United States Navy veteran as well as a USN spouse. I enjoy sports, reading, and giving facials!


Mandy Truong, Vice President-elect
I am Mandy Truong, and the co-vice president on the UMANS board. I am currently a second semester student and will graduate in May 2018. I moved from California just to attend UMSON, and I do not regret my decision! Being away from home is tough, but I am enjoying the different cultures of Maryland. This will be my first Bachelor’s degree. Therefore, I am excited to become a nurse; however, I do not have a specific department I furiously want to work at this moment.


Iris Alonzo, Co-President  

Hello! I am a California native who has been living in Maryland for the last 10 years. I am in my fourth semester and very eager to start my nursing career. I want to work in the pediatric intensive care unit. I love working with kids and I cannot see myself doing anything else! In the future I plan to come back to UMSON to learn how to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. I love to travel, eat, and have fun with friends and family. I am a mother to a spoiled dachshund puppy, who loves to eat, sleep, and cuddle. Being a part of UMSON has given me the opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills, while also giving back and working with my fellow nursing peers.


Idman Guled, Secretary  

Hello! My name is Idman Guled, and I am a third semester nursing student. I was born and raised in the state of Maryland, and my family is originally from an East African country called Somalia. I can speak English and Somali fluently, and I can read Arabic. Some past times that I enjoy are traveling, spending time with family, and learning new things. I am currently tasking myself to learn my husband's native language, Farsi. I am very friendly, so feel free to reach out to me!


Kat McGinnis, Co-Fundraiser Chair (fourth semester)

I was raised in Germantown, MD, but I currently live in Frederick, MD with my husband, son and two dogs. I am a full-time, second career student, graduating in May 2017.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from High Point University in North Carolina where I studied Criminal Justice and Political Science.  In addition to being a UMANS member, I am also employed full-time with Montgomery County Public Safety Communications. Upon graduation, I hope to gain valuable nursing experience in a fast-paced critical care environment. I decided to join UMANS because I wanted to be an involved member of the nursing community at Shady Grove. Our UMANS chapter provides various valuable tools, and an important support system to help USG nursing students transition successfully from the student nurse to the professional nurse.


Cate DeSalvio, Secretary (fourth semester)

I am originally from Glen Rock, NJ, a small town about 20 miles outside of New York City.  I am an avid runner and hiker, having recently become a member of the Catskill 3500 Club and currently training for a marathon.  After earning my B.S. in health and physical education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, I moved to Maryland to begin my career as a high school teacher.  After 4 years of teaching, I decided to go back to school for nursing.  Now, I live in Rockville and I am about to enter my third semester of the BSN program at USG.  It is important to me to be active and involved with various organizations in my community, which is why I wanted to join the UMANS board.  I am looking forward to a productive year!


Shellina L. Campos, Co-Treasurer

I am a fourth semester BSN candidate at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, and will be graduating in May of 2017. Prior to attending UMSON, I studied Psychology and Biology at UMBC and obtained a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Biology.

During my time at UMBC, I was the lead intern for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, where I was responsible for recruiting and training animal handlers/volunteers. I organized and led numerous fundraising events to raise money for the non-profit shelter, and kept record of all funding. Upon graduating from UMBC, I worked as a laboratory technician at NIH.

I joined UMANS because I desired to be a more active member in the UMSON community. With my background of organizing and leading fundraising events at UMBC, I look forward to working with the UMANS board members and nursing student body to help UMANS create a lasting impact for future semesters to come. I intend to pursue further studies and aim to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.


Tony Li, Co-Treasurer

Tony Li is a BSN student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (Shady Grove campus), with an expected graduation date of December 2017. In addition to being the co-Treasurer on his school board, University of Maryland Association of Nursing Students (UMANS), Tony currently serves as Treasurer of the state nursing student board, Maryland Association of Nursing Students (MANS). Tony is also working as a Medical Technologist in the Core Lab at Washington Hospital Center and hopes to increase quality improvement processes between the lab and nursing units to better serve patients. Tony’s goal while serving as co-Treasurer is to raise awareness for current and future nurses about the importance of advocating for our profession.


Jackie McMahon, Community Chair

I am a second degree student graduating in May 2017.  I am happy to have returned to Rockville, where I was raised, to join the University of Maryland and Shady Grove communities.  I graduated from University of Richmond with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Chinese in 2009, after which I became a teacher of Mandarin in Guam. I serve as the Community Co-chair for UMANS because I am passionate about promoting diverse educational opportunities and the ways in which connecting with our neighbors enriches interpersonal health and understanding.  I came to nursing through my experiences serving families as a birth doula and following graduation plan to continue my work in women's health serving medically underserved populations and regions.


Judy Li, Co-Community Chair

I am from Ellicott City, MD. I am an upcoming third semester BSN student and I am expected to graduate in Spring 2017. Before attending UMSON, I received a Bachelor's of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, I hope to work in an ICU setting and eventually earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.


Lauren Ratino, Fundraising Chair

I am a third semester student at University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing at the Shady Grove campus. I will be graduating in May of 2017 and I am from Olney, Maryland. I am the Fundraiser for UMANS and love raising funds for our awesome student organization! I am very passionate about nursing and I will pursue Emergency Room Nursing. 


Erick Funte, Historian

My name is Erick Funte, and I am a 3rd semester (Class of December 2017) student. I transferred to UMSON from Montgomery College with my Associates in General Studies. I have many hobbies, including photography, thus I have chosen to become the UMANS Co-Historian along with Connie Van. I will be documenting (taking pictures and taking notes) at many of the various UMSON events so please, if you see me come say hello and introduce yourself so I can get to know you and match faces for any potential pictures you may be in. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you may have any questions, suggestions, or just want to chat!


Connie Van, Historian

I am a fourth semester BSN student and I am graduating May 2017. I am from Frederick, MD. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and minored in Spanish. I would like to work in the NICU or the OR upon graduating and I joined UMANS to become more involved with the nursing community.


Nan Ding, Recruitment/Retention & BTN Chair

I am originally from Beijing, China and hold a previous Bachelor degree in Marketing & International Business from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am an upcoming 4th semester BSN student and will be graduating Spring of 2017. I currently work as a Clinical Nurse Extern in an Oncology Surgical ICU at the Johns Hopkins Hospital with the goal of beginning my nursing career in critical care post graduation. I will ultimately advance my education and hope to pursue a DNP in nursing anesthesiology.


Hyun Joo Kang (Lacey), Recruitment/ Retention & BTN Chair

I am a fourth semester student at shady grove going for my first degree. I obtained my prerequisites at University of Maryland, College Park before coming to UMSON. I hope to pursue a career in a NICU after graduation. I have always been passionate about the healthcare field and I plan on obtaining a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the future. I’m originally from South Korea and lived in sunny Los Angeles before moving to Maryland. I love to travel and have mostly traveled in the US, but I plan on visiting a new country every year.


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